Satellite insurance to pay farmers if land turns brown

Insurers will use satellite images of vegetation to assess Kenyan farmers’ claims for cattle deaths during drought.

In a pilot project due to start in early 2010, the Kenya-based International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) will analyse freely-available satellite data to observe changes in vegetation in northern Kenya.

The technology works by detecting changes in light reflected by live and dead vegetation.

Read more … (The Science and Development Network –

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